These are two selections from a concert of 20th century classical compositions by Japanese composers performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra with Yūzō Toyama, conducting. The two works heard are “Legend for Orchestra” by Toshiya Sukegawa and “Two Tableaux for Orchestra” by Michio Mamiya. Little known in the United States these works are fine examples of the state of contemporary classical music in Japan during the 1960s. Note: The quality of the recording is not as good as could be... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral
A Christmas Concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble held at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco on December 4, 1971. This program features works by Leland Smith, Erik Satie, Shin ‘ichi Matsushita, as well as the world premiers of “Illuminatio Nocturna” by Robert Moran and “Noël” by Arne Mellnäs. All performed by the New Music Ensemble under the direction of Howard Hersh. (from KPFA Folio) Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
Composer Tom Johnson, the minimalist’s minimalist, no longer lives in New York, no longer writes provocative criticism for the Village Voice, and has found a new and receptive home for his work and ideas as a composer. In this informal discussion, recorded at the composer’s home in the eleventh arrondissment, Tom talks about his new life, plays an excerpt from a new work for piano, and discusses his retreat from the BAM-dominated New York scene which has eroded support for small, less... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Tom Johnson
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Wayne Peterson, whose background spans the jazz and European classical worlds. Peterson taught composition and piano as a member of the San Francisco State University Music faculty. Here Peterson presents three of his more traditionally classical compositions. Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music, Wayne...
Charles Amirkhanian talks with artist Bonnie Sherk, about her environmental art piece “Portable Parks” in which a freeway on-ramp, and a couple of concrete traffic islands were temporarily turned into idyllic oasis’ of green, complete with strips of live turf, palm trees, and grazing Guernsey calves. These conceptual art installations were financed with prize money won in a San Francisco Museum of Art Society’s competition, and were warmly received by the public despite some slow downs... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Interactive art, Public art, Environmental art
U.S. Concert Premiere of The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi (2001) by Michael Nyman performed by the Del Sol String Quartet with Soprano Cheryl Keller at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello Cheryl Keller, soprano Text by visual artist Mary Kelly, whose installation of a room-sized lint sculpture was the inspiration for the composition. Topic: 20th Century Classical Source: Other Minds
This is the first day of panel discussions and concerts of “Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration” a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. After a brief introduction by Cal Performance Director Matias Tarnopolsky, Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic and Executive... Topics: Other Minds Presents, Nancarrow at 100, Other Minds, New Music, Centennial celebrations, lecture,...
A concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players given on December 19, 1971 at the Berkeley Piano Club, featuring songs by Beethoven and Schubert and new music by George Antheil, Elizabeth Gyring, & Henry Cowell. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Classical Music, Pacifica Chamber Players
The first annual Good Sound Festival took place at the Life on the Water Theater in San Francisco from August 21 - 31, 1992. Utilizing the latest technology for sound reproduction, enhancement, and manipulation, the event promised to be a milestone in the history of late 20th Century music. In this program Charles Amirkhanian interviews Loren Rush and Janis Mattox, the event’s artistic directors, and founders of the Good Sound Foundation an organization dedicated to quality live sound for... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert, Good Sound Foundation, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical
OM 14 got started with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the Bent Sørensen, Chinary Ung, and Ben Johnson, whose works were to be heard during the first concert, held on March 5, 2009. Sørensen discusses how he has incorporated aspects from one of his operas into two of his more recent compositions as well as commenting on the challenges of writing for a piano trio. Ung touches upon his interest in finding the musical... Topics: Other Minds Festival, OM 14, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music,...
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Kurt Masur, conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Joining them in the studio is German affairs commentator Helga Lohr-Bailey, conductor George Cleve, and violinist Jorja Fleezanis. Topics discussed include the origins of the Orchestra, the work of Mendelssohn, the lack of passion among young people that did not live through the turbulent times of the mid 20th century, and the differences between the musical cultures of Eastern Europe and the United... Topics: KPFA-FM: Interview, Music, Classical Music, Kurt Masur, 19th Century Classical
From a program recorded on July 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of the French actor and singer, Caroline Gautier. She talks about her investigation of early examples of spoken ballads or musical declamations. To highlight her comments Amirkhanian presents three seldom performed works, composed by Robert Schumann, and performed by Gautier and pianist Michaël Lévinas. Gautier provides the story behind each piece as well as describing how her acting talent is incorporated into... Topics: Morning Concert Series, Music, Interview, Classical Music
KPFA’s Charles Amirkhanian presents a preview of the compositions and composers featured during the 1991 Composer to Composer Festival, an international conference on New Music held at Telluride, Colorado, on July 11-14, 1991. Amirkhanian, who was co-director of the 1991 event, introduces selections highlighting many of the invited headliners, including, Eleanor Alberga, Louis Andriessen, Paul Dresher, Janice Giteck, Alicia Terzian, G. S. Sachdev, Pamela Z, Tom Ze, among others. (from KPFA... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Composer to Composer festival
Mary Ellen Childs performs Sight Of Hand (1999) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. This piece had its world premiere and was commissioned for the fifth Other Minds Music Festival with the assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund. Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical Source: Other Minds
Errollyn Wallen performs the U.S. premiere of her Songs cycle at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. The presentation of this work was made possible with the support of Jeanne & Howard Baumgarten. Errollyn Wallen, Songs Magritte Man Errollyn Wallen, voice & piano On Songs: Errollyn Wallen's first attempt at songwriting bubbled up subconsciously in one hour into What's Up Doc?, full of absurd lyrics which dissolve toward a social pathos of... Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical Source: Other Minds
Recorded at the Beresford Hotel in San Francisco on December 12, 1967, Charles Shere interviews the Japanese, avant-garde composer, Toshi Ichiyanagi. The two discuss their dismay over the exodus of experimental composers from the San Francisco Bay Area since the heyday of the San Francisco Tape Center in the early 1960s. Shere also questions the globe-trotting Ichiyanagi about the contrasting styles of composers from different regions of the world, and the regrettable tendency of composers to... Topics: Interview, Music, Avant-Garde, Toshi Ichiyanagi
A brief look at the life and philosophy of Dane Rudhyar and his concept of the Seed Man. Inspired from an early age by the idea that all life is cyclical, Rudhyar, who was born in France in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière, moved to the United States in the early 1920s, leaving behind his old presumptions and even his name, and progressed on a path that saw him become a composer, painter, philosopher, and renowned astrologer. One of the fundamental themes woven into all aspects of his work was that... Topics: KPFA-FM, Documentary, Current Events, Dane Rudhyar, Modern Civilization, Social Change
From a program originally broadcast on September 6, 1975, Charles Reznikoff reads a selection of his poetry. Most of the poems included in this program have as their theme the history of the Jewish people, with the majority coming from two of Reznikoff’s major works “In Memorium: 1933” and “Holocaust.” Reznikoff, who died in January of 1976, just months after recording this program, was an American Jewish poet, playwright, and author, and the first to be referred to as an Objectivist... Topics: KPFA-FM, Spoken Word, Poetry, Charles Reznikoff
This program, recorded on March 10, 1988, begins with Charles Amirkhanian’s brief interview with composer Harvey Sollberger in which they discuss two of Sollberger’s works, “Persian Golf” and “Three or Four Things I Know About the Oboe.” The two are then joined by composer John Adams for a discussion about the state of New Music in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the program is then dedicated to John Adams’ blockbuster opera “Nixon in China.” This masterwork of... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interviews, Opera, 20th Century Classical
From a program originally recorded on February 24, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews visiting composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin, live in the studios of KPFA. Bodin, one of the most prominent composers in Sweden, is a leading practitioner of text-sound composition and electronic music. At the time of this recording Bodin was in the middle of a world tour that would take him to India and Iran, and yet he found the time to sit down with Amirkhanian to talk about his music as well as present a... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert, Lars Gunnar Bodin, Interview, Music, Avant-Garde
The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls... Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
The fifth concert of the 1981-82 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured the Telluride Chamber Players performing works by Ernest Bloch, David Sheinfeld, Efrem Zimbalist, Ottorino Respighi, and Gabriel Fauré. Sheinfeld, who was at the concert, provides an introduction for the premiere of his “Threnody” which is scored for solo violin, as well as sharing some of his memories about living in Rome in the early 20th century, where he was then studying with Respighi. Roy... Topics: KPFA-FM, San Francisco Chamber Music Society, Music, Chamber Music, 20th Century Classical
Recorded on October 1, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Robert Hughes and Margaret Fisher before a live audience. Composer Robert Hughes and choreographer Margaret Fisher discuss their collaborations and show a video of their latest piece. This recent work is inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy and incorporates the sound of bubbling mud and the sound of ice. Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Performance Art, Avant-Garde,...
Created on the Buchla Electronic Music System and recorded in quadraphonic sound, “Touch” by Morton Subotnick, is another early electronic music masterpiece by the pioneering American composer. Before the age of microcomputers and digital synthesizers, Subotnick was making engaging works of purely electronic sounds in a style somewhat similar to his better known European colleagues such as Karlheinz Stockhausen. While not quite as frenetic as Stockhausen’s “Kontakte”, nor perhaps as... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Morton Subotnick
Charles Amirkhanian interviews violinist Leroy Jenkins and pianist Marilyn Crispell about their respective careers and their approach to improvisation. Jenkins then plays a selection of solo pieces and then concludes the program with two extended improvised duets with Crispell. Leroy Jenkins died in 2007 at the age of 74. Originally recorded on January 25, 1990 then broadcast on KPFA on March 26, 1990. Topics: Interview and Music, Jazz, Free Improvisation, Leroy Jenkins, Marilyn Crispell, Speaking of Music...
Charles Amirkhanian moderates a panel discussion with the composers featured in the third concert of OM 13. Keeril Makan talks about the strategies he has employed to create obtain a variety of timbres from a particular percussion instrument, such as placing cymbals upside down. He also discusses his noise “Static Rising”, and his affinity for the Finnish music scene. Dan Becker describes his work with the Disklavier and his work “Revolution” which is scored for prepared Disklavier and... Topics: Lecture, Panel Discussion, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Other Minds
A recording of “Oblique Formation” a contemporary chamber work for flute and piano by Charles Boone. The piece is performed by Benjamin Borson on flute and Madeline Morton on piano. This recording is from a KPFA tape, and was first broadcast by that station on June 28, 1971. Topics: 20th century classical, Music, Chamber Music, KPFA-FM
The Ellis Rubber Stamp Co. was founded in 1929 by H.R. Ellis and his son, Walter, who continues to produce rubber stamps of over 1000 different visual designs plus custom stamps for regular retail customers. Charles Amirkhanian, Ken Friedman and Carol Law have produced a series of graphic works exclusively utilizing rubber stamp images. In this program Charles talks with Walter Ellis and several of his employees at the Ellis Co. about how rubber stamps are designed and manufactured and the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Other Finds, Rubber Stamps
Six text-sound pieces by Larry Wendt, probably recorded in San Jose, around 1978. Born in Napa, California, in 1946, Wendt began experimenting with text-sound composition and musique concrète in the 1970s, and has been a frequent participant and organizer of sound poetry and electronic music festivals and events ever since. He has also written extensively about avant-garde and experimental art including several seminal books on sound poetry written in collaboration with Stephen Ruppenthal. In... Topics: KPFA-FM, Larry Wendt, Text-sound compositions, Sound Poetry, Spoken Word
An hour of word compositions by composer Anthony Gnazzo on KPFA's Ode To Gravity, 1971. Born in Plainville, Connecticut, in 1936, Gnazzo has resided in Oakland, California, since 1968 and is regarded as one of the most talented but hermetic West Coast Fluxus-influenced sound and visual poets. His use of cut-up techniques, mathematical structures and typography reflect an obsessive precision, reflected as well in the quality of his purely audio works. Trained as a composer at Brandeis and an... Topic: Text-Sound Composition Source: Other Minds
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Toby Lurie, one of Americas best-known performance poetry artists. Lurie explains the various poetic techniques that he has developed such as his conversation-poems in which more than one voice interact to create a woven tapestry of poetic phrases and overlapping statements. Another type of poetry discussed and performed here are one-word or sound-poems, which attempt to get inside a single word, fully explore its parts and create new meanings by emphasizing or... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Spoken Word, Poetry, Toby Lurie
A lengthy aural montage of interviews and monologues on the topic of “junk” mixed with snippets of jazz music and live in-studio chatter and listener phone calls to KPFA. Under the direction of composer Anthony Gnazzo, his text-sound composition was played on the radio during one of KPFA’s groundbreaking listener participatory Radio Events. Chaotic and fun, this sort of adventurous and experimental programing was typical of the anarchistic artistic world that was Berkeley during the late... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Sound Poetry, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Audience Participation
Born in Montreal, Canada in 1929, Emmanuel Ghent studied both psychiatric medicine and music at McGill University, before emigrating to New York in 1951, where he continued his musical training while also becoming a clinical professor of psychology. Although an oboist, Ghent became interested in electronic music in the 1960s and was a pioneer in the use of computers in musical composition. He worked with the GROOVE system at Bell Labs, starting in the late 1960s, and continued to discover... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic music, Computer music
Peter Michael Hamel is a young German composer working outside the realm of traditional Central European avant-garde music. His Dharana, for solo group, orchestra and tape, was played at the 1973 Donaueschingen Music Festival in performance recorded here under the direction of Ernest Bour. Also, some selections from his solo album of electronic meditation music and a personal visit with the composer, recorded in Donaueschingen. Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Peter Michael Hamel
Broadcasted live from the Mills College Electronic Tape Music Center via a remote portable transmitter, Tom Zahuranec's "Bucket-Ful Mercury Walk" invited listeners at home to drive to Mills and assist in creating sounds using various electronic equipment including Moog and Buchla synthesizers. Guests discovered and experimented with their manipulated voices while others helped turn nobs on the instruments. Charles Amirkhanian reports live from the event where over two hundred people... Topics: KPFA, KPFB, Radio Event, Tom Zahuranec, Mills College Electronic Tape Music Center, Don Buchla
Pamela Z interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, November 2, 1989. In conjunction with her artist-in-residency work at the Exploratorium, Pamela Z presents a sampling of her live solo performance work with electronics and discussed her techniques, influences, favorite musicians, new directions, collaboration, and the context of her work in the current new music milieu. Topics: Avantgarde, Vocal, 20th Century Classical, Performance Art Source: Other Minds
Recorded on September 16, 1980 at the International Festival of Electronic Music, in Stockholm, Sweden, pianist Kerstin Åberg, performs Charles Dodge’s “Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental,” a work for tape and solo piano. According to the composer: “The tape part is based on computer restoration and re-synthesis of the 1907 recording of the legendary Enrico Caruso singing 'Vesti la giubba' from Ruggero Leoncavallo's ‘I Pagliacci’ (1892). In the course of the work the voice... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic music, Piano music
Two ambient recordings made by David Brown in the Summer of 1983. This first recording is of a person, identified as “George”, snoring, and can be quite disturbing at times to listen to. The second clip was made in the Burlington Northern freight train yard in Minneapolis and has some excellently evocative railroad sounds. Topics: KPFA-FM, World Ear Project, Other Finds, Field Recordings
In a program recorded on August 19, 1970, Charles Amirkhanian and Bill Northwood highlight upcoming shows on KPFA-FM and current events in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a couple of brief musical selections by Amirkhanian and the Ba-Benzele Pygmies of the Central African Republic, the two are joined in the studio by Richard Friedman who talks about KPFA-FM's foray into ambient field recordings with the new series, "The World Ear Project". This is followed by an excerpt of a... Topics: Sound poetry, Interview and Music, World Music, KPFA-FM
A recording of three, mostly early, works by the American composer, Richard Maxfield. Although perhaps known best for his pioneering work in the realm of electronic music, Maxfield was first an award winning composer of 20th century classical music, who studied with Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. The first work heard is his “Piano Sonata No. 2” which was dedicated to Roger Sessions. This 1949 performance by Marie L. St. Gaudens, was recorded in Berkeley California. The second work heard... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Richard Maxfield
Frederick Marvin, pianist and professor at Syracuse University in New York, performs a number of works, recorded on October 29, 1972. Marvin is well known for his work in bringing to light the mostly forgotten music of 18th century Spanish composer Padre Antonio Soler. He has also performed the works of modern American composer George Antheil, as well as the works of Debussy, Chopin, and many more. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: KPFA-FM, Music: 20th Century Classical, Frederick Marvin
Robert Sheff (aka Blue Gene Tyranny) interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian. Sheff discusses his career as a composer, performer and recording artist, including early activities growing up in Texas, his involvement with the ONCE festivals, his work at Mills College Center for New Music and his interest in composing for film. Compositions included (and discussed) include Black Forest Trading Post; Country Boy, Country Dog; L'Invasion Printainiere; and The Flow of Body and Mind (becomes Music for Any... Topics: Music and Interview, Electro-Acoustic/Electronic, KPFA-FM, Bob Sheff, Blue Gene Tyranny Source: Other Minds
This is the second in a series of groundbreaking, participatory, radio programs produced by KPFA. In this program, recorded on October 31, 1969, Berkeley California sculptor, Peter Veres, invited listeners to take part in a do-it-yourself Halloween Brindle Party, a self-proclaimed Witches’ Sabbath, all through the magic of the radio air waves. (What’s a Brindle you ask, why it's the opposite of a Mugwamp of course.) Prior to the actual event, subscribers to the KPFA program guide were... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Audience Participation
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig to promote a series of Benefit Concerts scheduled during the summer of 1975 at the Center of World Music (2640 College Ave.). The features and uniqueness of the Center are discussed, and examples of music studied and performed there are presented via recorded music of Javanese gamelan, Chinese pipa, a selection from Harry Partchs The Letter, and a recording of Harrisons Canticle No. 3 composed in 1941 and recorded at KPFK, May 27,... Source: Other Minds
Charles Amirkhanian interviews pianist Margaret Leng Tan, recorded on July 17, 1984. Born in Singapore in 1945, Tan is a classically trained musician who is perhaps best known for her performances on the toy piano and other unconventional instruments, and as a renowned interpreter of the works of John Cage and similar avant-garde composers. Tan attended Juilliard where she was the first woman ever to receive a Doctorate from the famous university. Her thesis was on the free or experimental... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interviews, New Music, Composers
Charles Amirkhanian interviews two virtuoso guitarists, Paul Dresher and Chas Smith. Chas Smith is from Los Angeles, and at the time of this recording had just released a new album of music for pedal steel guitar which was one of the most explosive LP releases of the 1980s. It features the composer with Bob Fernandez, John Fitzgerald, M. B. Gordy, and Theresa Knight, in performances of Nakadai, Hollister, and A Judas Within. The lavishly packaged album was privately published by the composer on... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Music Theatre,...
Charles Amirkhanian visited with host Grahame Dudley of Radio Adelaide, Australia, on December 1, 2011 (9am-12pm). "Imagine that you were asked to create a 60-second 'commercial' in the form of a work of new music which was to be aired on a European rock station. Furthermore, that the sound of the piece was, in some way, to exemplify the cultural connection between France and the U.S. Via immigration, migration, domination, and through war and peace, the populations of these two nations... Topics: Radio, Music, Interview, Radio Adelaide, Charles Amirkhanian, New music, Electronic music,...
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and Cabrillo Music Festival director, Carlos Chávez, about the 1970 Festival that was scheduled to start the next day. Chávez describes some of the pieces to be performed as well as a review of his own recent works. Topics: KPFA-FM, Music Review, Carlos Chavez, Interview, 20th Century Music
Donald Swearing, a San Francisco-based electroacoustic composer, performs "1923" at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1997 at San Francisco's Cowell Theater. Topics: Avantgarde, Electroacoustic, Sound Art Source: Other Minds